Carrying a Torch

Van Morrison

About Carrying a Torch

"Carrying a Torch" is a popular song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and released on his 1991 double album, Hymns to the Silence. It was also included on his 2015 album "Duets: Re-working the Catalogue" with Clare Teal. Rolling Stone magazine reviewer Elysa Gardner praised the song, saying that it "has the makings of a classic, with a stately chorus and shining verses that tie the flesh to the spirit: 'You're the keeper of the flame/And you burn so bright/Baby why don't we re-connect/Move into the light'. " 


Year:
1991
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I'm carryin' a torch for you
I'm carryin' a torch
You know how much it costs
To keep carryin' a torch

Flame of love it burns so bright
That is my desire
Keep on liftin' me, liftin' me up
Higher and higher

You're the keeper of the flame
And you burn so bright
Baby why don't we re-connect
Move into the light

I've been going to and fro on this
And I'm still carryin' a torch
You must know how much it's worth
When I'm carryin' a torch (alright)

Baby you're the keeper of the flame
And you burn so bright
Why, why, why, why, why, why don't we re-connect
And move on further, into the light

I've been calling you on the phone
Cause I'm carryin' a torch (yeah)
I can do it all on my own
Cause I'm carryin' a torch

I'm carryin' a torch for you, baby
I'm carryin' a torch
You know how much it's worth
Because I'm carryin' a torch (one more)

I'm carryin' a torch for you, baby
I'm carryin' a torch
You know how much it's worth
Because I'm carryin' a torch.

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Van Morrison

Van Morrison, OBE (born George Ivan Morrison; 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are described as transcendental, while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed and appear at the top of many greatest album lists. more »

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10 facts about this song

Song Release
"Carrying a Torch" is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, and it was released in 1991.
Album Details
It is included in the artist's 21st studio album, titled "Hymns to the Silence."
Genre Classification
The song, like much of Van Morrison's work, is classified primarily in the genres of rock and R&B.
Chart Performance
While "Carrying a Torch" did not chart by itself, the album "Hymns to the Silence" reached #5 on the UK Albums Chart.
Cover Versions
This song was covered by several artists, including Bob Dylan who played it live twice on his "Never Ending Tour" in 1991.
Lyrics Interpretation
The song is interpreted by many as an expression of unrequited love, consistent with the expressive, often emotionally charged lyrics for which Morrison is known.
Album Reception
The album "Hymns to the Silence," containing "Carrying a Torch," received generally positive reviews and is considered one of Morrison's most ambitious and lengthy works.
Song Writing
This song, like most of Van Morrison's work, was solely written by the artist himself.
Live Performances
Despite not being a chart hit, "Carrying a Torch" was frequently included in Van Morrison's live performances.
Influence
This song is a great example of Van Morrison's ability to fuse soul, jazz, rock, and R&B elements into a cohesive, unique sound that has influenced several subsequent generations of musicians.

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